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Names of Aerobic Steps

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Sha Buckines is a freelance writer, fitness and nutrition expert based in Atlanta. She has trained celebrity clients as well as business professionals since 2001. She obtained her B.S. in exercise science from Georgia State University, is American College of Sports Medicine certified and teaches group fitness classes.
Names of Aerobic Steps
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Overview

By definition, aerobic simply means with oxygen. Aerobic exercise is any type of exercise done for an extended period of time that improves the condition of the heart and lungs. Running, walking and biking are all types of aerobic exercise. Aerobic exercise classes are done to rhythmic music and feature steps designed to get the heart pumping while making exercise fun.

V-Step

The V-Step forms the letter V with the feet and can be done on the aerobic bench or on the floor. The move is done in four counts. Step forward with the right foot as wide as possible, then step forward and out with the left foot as wide as possible. Step back with the left foot, then step back with the right foot.

Turnstep

The Turnstep is done using an aerobic bench and is also done in four counts. Start the move facing the step sideways. Leading with the right foot, step up on the bench sideways with the right foot, bring the left foot up onto the bench as you turn. Step off the bench with the right foot, bring the left foot down next to the right foot.

Grapevine

The Grapevine is a popular move in aerobics classes. The Grapevine step is done on the floor without the use of a step. The Grapevine is done in eight counts. Step to the side with the right foot. Step the left foot behind and past the right foot, then step to the side with the right foot and bring the left foot next to the right foot. Then step to the side with the left foot, bring the right foot behind and past the left foot. Step to the side with the left foot, bring the right foot next to the right foot. Instructors add turns and bringing the knees up, etc. to make the move more challenging.

Charleston

The Charleston step is done in four counts, with or without a step bench. In the Charleston, you step forward with the right foot, then step forward with the left foot. Step back with the left foot, then step back with the right foot and lunge backward, leading with the right foot. A knee up or kick can be added to change the lead foot and switch to the other side.

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